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Help us tell your friends and classmates about Firecracker. For every person you refer that subscribes you’ll get 25% of the value of their subscription!

How the Firecracker Ambassador Program works

Subscribed Firecracker members can participate in the referral program. You can join here or through the envelope in your dashboard.

Once joined, you’ll have a special short link like: (example only) that you can share with other students. If someone purchases a Firecracker subscription through your link you will earn 25% of their subscription value.

Screenshot of Firecracker dashboard highlighting the envelope icon

We’re partnered with Ambassador to manage this program

Firecracker has partnered with Ambassador to run the Firecracker referral program. Firecracker members may refer friends and classmates to Firecracker and receive a reward in return.

  • Who can participate in the Firecracker referral program?

    Any Firecracker subscriber, except those with school-issued accounts, is eligible.

    Users who are under long-term unpaid accounts through their school accounts are not eligible.

    The person who you refer must be a new user, meaning they did not have an account in Firecracker before.

    Note: We do not support self-referral. Existing users cannot be referred.

    Users with existing Firecracker accounts who wish to purchase a new subscription can get a renewal discount rate here:

  • How does it work, exactly?

    Every eligible member of Firecracker has a unique referral link that they can share with friends and classmates. When a new student clicks this unique referral link it sets a cookie on that student’s computer so that if that student purchases Firecracker anytime in the next day, the referrer gets credit. The tracking cookie expires after 24 hours.

    Note: If a new user has more than one referral link, the first link clicked will get credit for any sale.

    Since this tracking is dependent on cookies, ad blocker software can break tracking. Advise your friends to turn off this software before using your link to subscribe.

  • How can I track my referrals?

    Once you’ve picked up your link you will receive a welcome email with login details for your Ambassador/Firecracker portal at

    If you believe you’re already a member of the program, simply reset your password with your Firecracker email and then log in.

    Your portal will provide the following:

    • Your link, to use to refer your friends
    • Tracking of successful referrals
    • Commissions earned to date
    • Payouts from Firecracker
    • The user who referred you (if applicable)

    Screenshot of Firecracker Ambassador portal showing referral details

    The portal updates almost instantly, so if you do not see an expected referral, it’s most likely that it did not happen. We address this below.

  • I know I referred my friend, but I don’t see the referral. What happened?

    There are a number of possibilities. The two most common:

    • Your friend was referred by someone else, and that other referrer got credit.
    • Your friend had ad blocker software turned on such that the system could not track the referral.

    If another user made the referral first, that stands. The system is working as intended on a “first-come first-serve” basis.

    If tracking is absent altogether, we’ll work with you to confirm and apply the commission. Please get in touch with us on how to do this at [email protected].

  • How do I get paid?

    To provide time for internal reconciliation, we typically make payouts one month following the referred user’s subscription. We issue payments via Visa e-cards.

    Visa e-cards are delivered to the same address used in the Ambassador/Firecracker program. These gift cards work like credit cards—they have unique 16-digit numbers that you can use to make purchases online.

    We issue payouts up to six months after the referral. So if you refer someone in January, you will be approved in February and can get paid at any time between then and July.

    To see commission and payout status in your Ambassador account, check the ‘Commission’ and ‘Status’ columns in the Commissions section of the account portal. If you have not received a completed payment, contact us at [email protected] and we’ll help you track it down or have it reissued.

    We do not pay referral bonuses in cases where we have refunded the referred user, nor do we process refunds on subscriptions in cases where we have already paid a referral bonus. We provide for “lag time” between referral and payout to accommodate this.

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